• CLARK QUINN  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
    [Organization] Innovation Thoughts
    I used the Learning Organization Dimensions diagram (Garvin, Edmondson & Gino) to illustrate the components of successful innovation environment, and these were reflected in their comments. Organize for Complexity by Niels Pflaeging (though they heard this as a concept, not a title). So I presented on innovation to the local ATD chapter a few weeks ago, and they did an interesting and nice thing: they got the attendees to document their takeaways.
  • JANE HART  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
    [Organization] A Blueprint for supporting Modern Professional Learning: Part 2 Overview
    At the heart of this model is a self-reliant, modern employee who addresses their own learning and performance problems, organizes and manages their own professional goals, continuously learns and keeps up to date, builds their own (personally-selected) learning toolkit and maintains their own digital portfolio.
  • BETH KANTER  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017
    [Organization] Annual M&R Benchmarks Study Released
    One important part of effective digital measurement is being able to benchmark your performance relative to your organization’s past performance or compared to peer organizations. One excellent resource to use for benchmarking nonprofit digital results (in the US) is the annual M&R Benchmarks study of nonprofit digital advocacy.
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017
    [Organization] Blog Post: Decisions Are Emotional, Not Logical
    In this graphic , they are organized into four categories: biases that arise from too much information, not enough meaning, the need to act quickly, and the limits of memory. By David Gurteen If a big part of Knowledge Management is about improving decision making then we should take more notice of fascinating research such as this: Decisions Are Emotional - Not Logical: The Neuroscience behind Decision Making. Are You Easily Disgusted? You May Be a Conservative.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017
    [Organization] simplifying the complexity
    My experience has helped a number of organizations , from the inside and outside, to coach and guide them in creating professional development programs or transition projects. Complex Problems. I like complex problem-solving. Perhaps my most interesting project was when a client gave me a statement of work to ‘simplify the complexity’ I did not have a solution but felt that with my extended networked I would be able to solve their problem.
  • BETH KANTER  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
    [Organization] How To Facilitate Leadership Development In Your Nonprofit As Part of Doing the Work
    Gain tips on how to facilitate sessions that will strengthen professional development across your teams and organization. Register now! One of the biggest challenges that many nonprofits face is the finding time and resources for professional development activities. People are so busy doing the work that they don’t have time to go off-site to take a class or sign up for an online course. And, when nonprofits budgets are tight, professional development often gets slashed.
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
    [Organization] Blog Post: Empowering conversation in the workplace
    On May 11th, I will be taking part in a 1-day workshop on Empowering conversation in the workplace , organized by the Henley Forum. By David Gurteen Conversation is not a nice-to-have but a critical competence of a 21st-century organisation. But often we take it for granted and fail to capitalise on the power of conversation to drive performance, transfer learning, build relationships, make better decisions, innovate and more!
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
    [Organization] Blog Post: Upcoming Knowledge Events
    KMO 2017: the Twelfth International Conference on Knowledge Management in Organizations. By David Gurteen Here are some of the major KM events taking place around the world in the coming months and ones in which I am actively involved. You will find a full list on my website where you can also subscribe to both regional e-mail alerts and RSS feeds which will keep you informed of new and upcoming events. 5th International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2017.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
    [Organization] the innovation imperative
    Organizations need to structure for openness, transparency, and diversity. “It turns out that to develop a ‘cumulative culture’ – technology that constantly ratchets up in complexity and diversity – a species needs to be able to share information very accurately. It doesn’t matter how much novel invention takes place, unless those inventions are replicated accurately then they die out before they can be built upon.” ” — Prof. Kevin Laland, University of St.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017
    [Organization] The Simple, Economic Value of Artificial Intelligence
    As predictions continue to improve, “employers will want workers to augment the value of prediction; the future’s most valuable skills will be those that are complementary to prediction - in other words, those related to judgment… [It] seems likely that organizations will have continuing demand for people who can make responsible decisions (requiring ethical judgment), engage customers and employees (requiring emotional intelligence), and identify new opportunities (requiring creativity).” .
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017
    [Organization] humility is the new smart
    It is especially good for anyone who has recently been given positional leadership in an organization. The book closes with a section on The New Smart Organization. Finally, the book suggests that organizations of the future will need to be based on three psychological concepts. In Humility is the New Smart , the authors put forth a new mental model and management framework, based on extensive research on what the ‘smart machine age’ (SMA) will look like. “We
  • BETH KANTER  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017
    [Organization] How To Avoid Becoming Addicted To Your Mobile Phone
    This post, “ Five Ways To Organize Your Phone To Unhijack Your Mind ” by Tristan Harris, the former Google employer mentioned above, was particularly useful. I have been reading Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter, a professor of marketing at NYU. The book is about our behavioral addictions to our smartphones, video games, social media, and email and how to break them.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017
    [Organization] Top 10 Tools for @C4LPT 2017
    At least until I find a better tool (haven’t really got my mind around Scrivener’s organization, though I’ve tried). Jane Hart is running her annual Top 100 Tools for Learning poll (you can vote too), and here’s my contribution for this year.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017
    [Organization] What you learn not as important as how you learn!
    It’s the ‘secret sauce’ that organizations could be adding in, whether internally or in their offerings. I’m going a bit out on a limb here, with a somewhat heretical statement: what you learn is more important than how you learn ! (You You could say pedagogy supersedes curricula, but that’s just being pedantic. ;) And I’m pushing the boundaries of the concept a bit, but I think it’s worth floating as an idea.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017
    [Organization] leave the hierarchies to the algorithms
    If a corporate algorithm yields a terrible result, smart organizations admit the failure. Also, smart organizations don’t punish employees for raising the flag on a broken algorithm. Smart organizations know what their algorithms are (or that they even exist) and how to fix them. Dumb organizations see the process as inviable. It should be easy to spot the difference between these organizations by the number of disasters seen online,” — John Robb.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017
    [Organization] 7 essential facets for enterprise knowledge sharing
    Most large organizations today have some suite of social tools to share information and knowledge. The organization needs to have processes in place that support these seven facets. Contact me if you would like an objective third-party examination of knowledge sharing tools and practices in your organization. But how do they know if they have the optimum tools for their context? Too often the tools are selected and then the workers are left to figure out how to use them.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017
    [Organization] stories connect knowledge
    “Perhaps the most central thrust in KM [knowledge management] is to capture and make available, so it can be used by others in the organization, the information and knowledge that is in people’s heads as it were, and that has never been explicitly set down.” — KM World. A lot depends on what the organization wants to preserve. Every organization has to define this for itself. Instead, organizations can engage and promote good story tellers.
  • BETH KANTER  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017
    [Organization] How To Focus When You Work in An Open Office Space
    This week I was lucky enough to do a Happy Healthy Nonprofit mini-workshop at the Global Giving office, an organization that I have known and worked for the past ten years. Global Giving’s office uses an open office layout to maximize collaboration and connections between staff and projects. It was not long before the organization’s values – like “Never Settle” – made staff feel stretched and conflicted about their work/life balance.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017
    [Organization] Exploration Requirements
    Of course, some of it is within the organization, whether it’s the continual dialog around a collaborative venture, or ‘show your work’ (aka work out loud). Similarly, there are risks and rewards in continual exploration on the part of organizations, but fortunately the risks are far less. That’s where strategy, culture, and infrastructure can come together to create an agile, adaptive organization that can thrive in uncertainty.
  • BETH KANTER  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017
    [Organization] How To Stop Your Nonprofit’s After Hours Email Habit
    Tame Your In-Box: If you are sending or reading after hours emails because your inbox is out of control, try using programs like Sanebox to keep your email organized if it is totally out of control. A work culture that includes answering emails at all hours doesn’t make your organization more productive.
  • BETH KANTER  |  MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017
    [Organization] What is the best way to deliver professional development to nonprofit emerging leaders?
    I am republishing it here with an invitation to join us on April 6 for a webinar with leading talent managers from Acumen, Bridgespan, and The Mission Continues and learn how to embed a culture of learning and leadership within your organization and to visit the new Emerging Leaders Playbook for curated resources focused on Leading Self, Leading Others, and Influencing Organizational Change. And, get direct access to practical tools that you can use within your organization.
  • EUEN SEMPLE  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017
    [Organization] Unreal Friends
    I have just had a fantastic "sort the world out" lunch with Darryl Carr who instigated this whole trip by recommending me to the conference organizers here in Perth a few months ago. Our paths have only crossed "in real life" once before five years ago in Sydney. Similarly, most of the people who reached out when I was in Melbourne and Sydney are "unreal internet friends" who I get to see once in a blue moon.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017
    [Organization] TGIF
    Conway’s Law : “Any organization that designs a system will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure.” Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “The given is not given unless it is taken, and taking is an act of interpretation. Always.” ” — @dweinberger.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017
    [Organization] Leveraging Technology
    I was listening to a tale recounting a time when an organization was going through a change, and had solicited help. And it led me to wonder how many organizations are still doing things the old way. Is your organization leveraging technology appropriately? And this is both at the level of L&D, and then also organization wide. And then are you using that experience to spread the possibilities throughout the organization?
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017
    [Organization] Blog Post: Upcoming Knowledge Events
    KMO 2017: the Twelfth International Conference on Knowledge Management in Organizations. By David Gurteen Here are some of the major KM events taking place around the world in the coming months and ones in which I am actively involved. You will find a full list on my website where you can also subscribe to both regional e-mail alerts and RSS feeds which will keep you informed of new and upcoming events. Knowledge For Development, Global Partnership Conference 2017.
  • BETH KANTER  |  MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017
    [Organization] Emerging Leaders Need More than Leadership Development
    We learned a lot from this project about how best support emerging leaders and all those lessons learned have rolled into the next iteration of the Emerging Leaders Playbook  — a curated collection of resources that support emerging leaders on their journey, and provides talent managers with practical tools to help retain and support emerging leaders within their organizations. And, get direct access to practical tools that you can use within your organization.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017
    [Organization] Open Innovation 2.0
    Product service systems - Organizations need to move from just delivering products to also delivering related services that improve sustainability as well as profitability… The ultimate goal of open innovation 2.0 Organizations, ecosystems and communities should measure, manage and improve their innovation processes to deliver results that are predictable, probable and profitable. Participating organizations must create synergies rather than cancel each other out.
  • NINE SHIFT  |  MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017
    [Organization] Bizarre Continuing Education Story
    Disclosure and Self Interest: Ed2Go competes with my nonprofit organization, LERN, which offers UGotClass online courses that are promoted by over 200 colleges, universities and schools in the U.S. In my 40 years in the field, I have not seen as bizarre a continuing education story as this one.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017
    [Organization] Karen Hough ATD Core 4 Keynote Mindmap
    She covered important components of a learning organization like openness to new ideas, diversity, and safety and demonstrated ways to help break down the barriers. Karen Hough kicked off ATD’s Core 4 event with a lively keynote talking about how improvisation reflects many core factors involved in successful organizational agility. Going through her trademarked elements, she had the audience up and participating and reflecting on interpersonal interactions.
  • BETH KANTER  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017
    [Organization] Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload
    More and more we are beginning to recognize the risk of communications overload, and organizations are trying to simplify the workflows for teams. Planning is about using structure and rituals to keep organized. Some organizations have a “no meeting times” zone on a particular day or during certain times each day. Some organizations have explicit policies such as “no email between 7pm-7am.
  • EUEN SEMPLE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
    [Organization] I hope I'm not right
    The themes of my work have anticipated a few of the trends and changes we are seeing in the world currently: My book title "Organizations Don't Tweet, People Do" anticipated the institutionally unconconstrained nightmare that is Trump. "The I hope I'm not right.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
    [Organization] Should the US Slowly Phase Out the $100 Bill?
    Modi said that the ban was intended to curb corruption, tax evasion and the flow of counterfeit money, as well as disrupting terrorist organizations. Last November, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shocked the country by banning the use of all 500- ($7.50) and 1,000-rupee ($15) notes, effectively removing over 85 percent of India’s currency in circulation.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
    [Organization] networked knowledge creates value
    In the networked knowledge triad , I tried to show how real value creation today happens outside the organization. They are the value we bring to our work teams and organizations. But as the life expectancy of organizations decreases, we can no longer depend on employers to provide stability for our working lives. As organizations get decentralized and work teams more dynamic, individuals need a long-term approach for their professional development and knowledge sharing.
  • BETH KANTER  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017
    [Organization] Trainer’s Notebook: Tips for Good Openings
    Wake’s Tech2Empower program organizes delegations of volunteer Technology Advisors, women who work for Silicon Valley companies like Google, Salesforce, Mozilla, YouTube, GE Digital and IRC, to provide training for women’s rights and girls empowerment NGOs in developing countries and here in the United States. I’ve just returned from a two-week trip to Guatemala hosted by Wake.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017
    [Organization] Technology or preparation?
    In listening to a recent presentation on the trends affecting the workplace and HR, there was mention about how organizations were using more cognitive technology, AI, etc. and this was changing jobs. There were two additional notes. First, these efforts aren’t (largely) leading to job losses, as these folks were being reskilled. Second, HR wasn’t involved in 65% of this. That’s a concern.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017
    [Organization] The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World
    During this period, I was involved in organizing emerging business opportunities at IBM, including the Internet and Linux. Communications have played a major role in my work over the past few decades. Since retiring from IBM in 2007, I’ve continued my involvement with technology-based initiatives, - AI and blockchain most recently, - through my consulting and academic activities as well as the weekly blogs that I’ve now been writing for the past dozen years.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017
    [Organization] networked knowledge triad
    There are three structures that exist in all organizations, with three different sources of power, and three types of leadership required for each structure. Only by putting Value Creation first, organizations can find balance. This is the thesis that Niels Pflaeging puts forth in Organizational Physics. Formal Structure – Hierarchy – Compliance Leadership. Informal Structure – Influence – Social Leadership.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017
    [Organization] A ‘Field of Dreams’ Industry
    ” And I use an image from this movie to talk about learning culture, in that you can put all the elements of the performance ecosystem together, but if you work in a Miranda organization (where anything you say can and will be held against you), you won’t be able to tap into the power of the ecosystem because people won’t share. Um, that comes when you’re demonstrably contributing to the organization.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017
    [Organization] Learning Design Insights
    And engaging the audience, making the learning meaningful to them and the organization. I attended a recent Meetup of the Bay Area Learning Design & Technology, and it led to some insights. As context, this is a group that meets in the evening maybe once or every other month or so. It’s composed of students or new graduates as well as experienced-practitioners. The topic was Themes from a Hat (topics are polled and then separate discussions are held).
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017
    [Organization] gaining insight through social and informal learning
    Most organizations have some error reduction processes in place. Organizational performance improvement is comprised of reducing errors and increasing insights, according to Gary Klein. For the past century, management practice has focused very much on error reduction, with practices such as Six Sigma , especially in manufacturing. “Fifty-eight of the top Fortune 200 companies bought into Six Sigma, attesting to the appeal of eliminating errors.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017
    [Organization] gamers, artists, and citizens
    Most of them do not have a professional network beyond their organization where they may have worked for a decade or more. The last century’s division of work and personal life are still evident in many organizations where employees are cut off from their online social networks. Gamers. Learning is the new literacy. Personal computers are just one example. We buy new ones every few years. Operating systems change. Programs change, get replaced, or become obsolete.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017
    [Organization] mastery and models
    There is a lot of knowledge in an organization, some of it easy to codify, but most of it difficult to do so. The organization can help this knowledge to flow. The organization needs to support, not direct, these connections. With PKM and Group KM in place, the organization can concentrate on curating the outputs of knowledge work. This model can help support better knowledge flow in the network era organization if people are engaged on their own terms.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017
    [Organization] The change is here
    For a number of years now (at least six ), I’ve been beating the drum about the need for organizations to be prepared to address change. I’ve argued that things are happening faster, and that organizations are going to have to become more agile. The top two trends are the Organization of the future (c.f. The former is about redesigning organizations to become agile.
  • JOHN HAGEL  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017
    [Organization] The Future of the Gig Economy
    Some people, especially techies, love the concept and can’t wait until the gig economy frees everyone from working as employees for large, bureaucratic organizations. The “gig economy” has become an ever-expanding meme, clocking over 500,000 citations on Google. It’s also become an interesting barometer of sentiment. Others, especially “progressives,” worry that this is the latest form of labor exploitation that will surely consume all of us, driving us into the pits of poverty.
  • DAVID WEINBERGER  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017
    [Organization] [berkman-klein][liveblog] Five global challenges and the role of the university
    Third, the university has been a normative organization (like non-profits and churches) that has been pushed to become more of a utilitarian organization (like businesses). Juan Carlos De Martin is giving a lunchtime talk called “Five global challenges and the role of the university,” with Charles Nesson. These are two of my favorite people. Juan Carlos is here to talk about his new book (in Italian), Università Futura – Tra Democrazia e Bit.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017
    [Organization] Revisiting the Ecosystem
    Similarly, we use social elements like coaching, mentoring, and informal learning to develop ourselves and our organizations over time. One of the keys to the L&D revolution is recognizing the full performance ecosystem and the ways technology can support performance and development. I’ve tried to represent and share my thinking via diagrams (including here , here , and here ). Prompted by a recent conversation, it was time to revisit the representation.
  • DAN PONTEFRACT  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017
    [Organization] Book Review: The Neo-Generalist
    I’ve had several roles in multiple organizations over my career. All of them have been rewarding. When I look back I can distinguish one particular. Dan's Related Posts: Montreal’s Three Wise Men Book Review: Originals by Adam Grant Download Chapter 1 of “The Purpose Effect” For Free Free Download of Chapter 1 – The Purpose Effect Favourite Books of 2013 That I Read. book Neo-Generalist
  • JANE HART  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017
    [Organization] Top down implementation of social learning doesn’t work! (New article in the MWL Magazine)
    Now that social learning is a hot topic, many organizations are beginning to consider how they can implement or operationalize it. However, “social learning” is a very different type of learning from traditional training, because it is natural phenomenon (that takes place when people share and collaborate with one another) … Social learning
  • BETH KANTER  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017
    [Organization] Book Review: Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership
    Nonprofits that are working on controversial issues or with marginalized communities know that anger can easily turn on the organization – especially around decisions that stakeholders disagree with – like closing a program or accepting corporate sponsorship from a company that they feel is working against the issue. Phase 2: What is the worst headline you could see about your organization in the front page of the NY Times?
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017
    [Organization] Another model for support
    I was thinking about today’s post , wherein I was talking about a couple of packages that might help organizations move forward. And these approaches did provide away to develop the organization’s abilities to develop better learning. In a couple of instances , I’ve worked with organizations on a specific project, but in a particular way. Each of these organizations was in the business of developing content, but they were looking to raise their game.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017
    [Organization] the arts in perpetual beta
    re-imagine how artists and arts organizations engage with citizens. Next month I will be facilitating a workshop at The Arts in a Digital World Summit , hosted in Montreal by the Canada Council for the Arts. Among other things, the summit will be a chance to share knowledge, mobilize – and possibly even incubate projects. We’ll consider our digital reality as an opportunity to: develop innovative approaches. seed collaborations within the arts community, and with other sectors.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017
    [Organization] lucky 13
    I have just returned from 3 weeks in Europe, working with several people and organizations who first connected through my blog. Next month I will be contributing to the Arts in a Digital World Summit because the organizers found me through this blog. Today marks 13 years of blogging here, with 2,901 posts. The ability for anyone to publish their work to a global audience is one of the most important attributes of the web and our digital world: for better and worse.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
    [Organization] friday’s finds #292
    Thus an organization can never be fully planned in advance. When information is transparent, different people see different things and new interdependencies are created, thus changing the organization. Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. kasparov63 : “The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.”.
  • BETH KANTER  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017
    [Organization] New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs
    The organization serves a substantial recent immigrant and refugee population, who often lack English language proficiency or knowledge of how to navigate the system. Through Listen for Good, clients confirmed the value of the services provided by the organization but noted that excessive waiting times (often multiple hours) make the support extremely difficult to access. New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs. By Lindsay Austin Louie.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017
    [Organization] Tackling the tough stuff
    What I’ve been able to do, successfully across years and organizations, is help align processes, products, services, and more with how our brains work. It takes time to develop the type of thinking I want organizations to adopt, but it’s doable, and I’ve worked with a number of organizations to do just that.
  • BETH KANTER  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017
    [Organization] One Simple Tip To Shift Your Nonprofit’s Workplace Culture from Outrage to Well Being
    I reached to fellow NTEN board member, Jason Shim , who works for Pathways to Education in Canada, who shared what their organization does to create community and well being in their nonprofit. His organization combines healthy eating with communal meals. “As Crockpot Mondays is part of the fabric of Pathways because people mention it to job candidates as a perk of working at our organization.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017
    [Organization] one person at a time
    We still lack good network models for organizing in society. It may be that the only unit of organization that is up to the task of working and living in networks is the individual human (the node). If a critical mass of people can adapt to perpetual beta , AKA life in the network era, then they can build the new structures necessary to organize society. Are networks the new companies ? Can our markets shift from capitalism to cooperativism ?
  • CLARK QUINN  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017
    [Organization] Meta-Learning Tools?
    There’s more pressure for individuals to take responsibility for their own learning (as well as for enlightened organizations that want to support learning). I wrote an article for Jane Hart’s Modern Workplace Learning magazine, triggered by my thought that in her tools survey, I didn’t see a lot about a certain set of reflection (c.f. last weeks posts on diagramming) and experimentation tools: meta-learning tools.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2017
    [Organization] a collective networked perspective
    A network society needs networked models for organizing and for learning. “More and more, the unit of comprehension is going to be group comprehension, where you simply have to rely on a team of others because you can’t understand it all yourself.
  • MIND HACKS  |  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2017
    [Organization] no male and female brain types
    The ‘male/female brain’ doesn’t exist in the same way as the male/female sex organs. What would it mean for there to be a “male brain” or a “female brain”? Human genitals are mostly easy to categorise just by sight as either male or female. It makes sense to talk about there being different male and female types of genitals. What would it mean for the same to be true of brains?
  • MIND HACKS  |  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2017
    [Organization] no male and female brain types
    The ‘male/female brain’ doesn’t exist in the same way as the male/female sex organs. What would it mean for there to be a “male brain” or a “female brain”? Human genitals are mostly easy to categorise just by sight as either male or female. It makes sense to talk about there being different male and female types of genitals. What would it mean for the same to be true of brains?
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2017
    [Organization] only humans need apply – review
    In automating the routinized work that people used to cut their teeth on, they have also eliminated the means to pick up ‘soft skills’ to be effective with customers and within a large organization … In order to enter step-in jobs at early levels in their careers, students will need to acquire as much knowledge as they possibly can while in school, and as much on-the-job training while in interneships.”
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017
    [Organization] immunize for complexity
    Velocity and agility can be improved at the organizational level with frameworks, such as Niels Pflaeging’s Organize for Complexity approach. On the other hand, creativity and innovation emerge from organizations that are open, diverse, and have dynamic tensions that promote experimentation. In a VUCA world, organizations need to focus on velocity of implementation and learning, as well as agility in dealing with uncertainty. Have you heard the term VUCA ?
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017
    [Organization] chaos & cooperation
    ” @meacoopa : “every liberal democracy realizes early on there are some positions which must prima facie be aggressively excluded from public discourse … Fascism wriggles into democracies by insisting on the right to be heard, achieves critical mass, then dissolves the organs that installed it.” Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.
  • BETH KANTER  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017
    [Organization] 5 Self-Care Hacks that Nonprofit Professionals Can Use in a Crisis
    Breathe in an out through the nose if possible, as this will stimulate the vegus nerve- a cranial nerve, positioned directly behind the nasal passageway, which stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system function of the major organs, slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels and reducing feelings associated with stress. Flickr Photo by Evil Erin.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017
    [Organization] The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning
    When experts investigate catastrophic events, be they airline crashes, financial crises, or terrorist attacks, they often find that we failed to anticipate them even when the needed information was present because the data was spread across different organizations and was never properly brought together. A recent article by NY Times reporter Steve Lohr discussed the rising importance of data as a major competitive differentiator.
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017
    [Organization] Blog Post: Give people a say
    By David Gurteen I think the Knowledge Café is often at its best in organizations when it is used to convene conversations to give people “a say” in topics and issues that are relevant to them and where they can express their opinions freely.
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017
    [Organization] Blog Post: Who should you be talking with?
    Who should you be talking with in your organization and what are the questions you should be exploring together By David Gurteen The discussion on "What makes a powerful question?" in the Gurteen Knowledge Community group on Linkedin has pretty much wound down. But take a look if you have not already - there are some really useful insights there. And take a look at David Griffith's recent post on Do you ignite knowledge wildfires?
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017
    [Organization] Blog Post: Upcoming Knowledge Events
    KMO 2017: the Twelfth International Conference on Knowledge Management in Organizations. By David Gurteen Here are some of the major KM events taking place around the world in the coming months and ones in which I am actively involved. You will find a full list on my website where you can also subscribe to both regional e-mail alerts and RSS feeds which will keep you informed of new and upcoming events. IntraTeam Event Copenhagen 2017. 28 Feb - 02 Mar 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • BETH KANTER  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017
    [Organization] The Happy Healthy Nonprofit Book Tour: You Are Invited To Join Us
    If you don’t already have our book , it is full of best practices and examples from nonprofit leaders around the world sharing their secrets on how to make self-care a habit and more importantly how to embed into their organization’s culture so there is sustainable energy to do good work.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017
    [Organization] Silo APIs?
    Or, to put it another way, breaking down the silos is the only way to get the best outputs for the important work, the work that will advance the organization whether removing errors, creating new products or processes, etc. It’s time to engage with it, to the benefit of the organization. I was in a conversation with my colleague Charles Jennings about organizational innovation, and one of the topics that arose was that of barriers to successful organizational function.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017
    [Organization] we need faith in the future
    This would be a society that includes Tribal, Institutional, and Market organizations, co-existing with dominant network organizations. But at this time there are few positive network era organization examples to give inspiration to others. It is time to develop global identities, and organizations, based on our common humanity, enhanced by diversity, and enabled by digital communications technologies. If we build organizations that enable this, we just might survive.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017
    [Organization] Culture or Cultures?
    However, one statement near the end rings wrong for me: “Reliance on culture as a way to create unity can mislead those in positions of power into thinking that the core values expressed by the organization are actually uncritically accepted by employees.” Instead, the view should be to recognize what core values facilitate the most effective outcomes for the organization, and then follow some well-tested rules about change : sell the vision.
  • NINE SHIFT  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017
    [Organization] What is Your Escape?
    One of our community's biggest organizers just took up woodworking, Julie says. My brilliant co-author Julie suggests that many progressives are taking up hobbies to cope with the stress of 2016 and the next few years. And she noted another area leader decided to fly to Atlanta to visit friends and participate in the Women's March, followed by going to the Packer game.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2017
    [Organization] AI and Public Policy
    The report is organized into three main sections: Section I described the key research trends influencing AI’s future; Section II examined the key economic sectors that are most likely to be impacted by AI; and Section III looked into issues surrounding AI and public policy. Earlier this year, five major companies, - Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft, - announced the creation of a non-profit organization, - the Partnership on AI.
  • BETH KANTER  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017
    [Organization] Trainer’s Tip: Your Room Set Up Can Make or Break the Learning Experience
    Having a large enough space so people can move around and self-organize into small groups also promotes learning. Yesterday, I spent a day facilitating leadership workshops for arts leaders attending the Art House Convergence Conference near Park City, Utah. on personal and organizational resilience based on the ideas in my new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017
    [Organization] Cognitive Business
    One of my mantras is that organizations need to align better with how we think, work, and learn. However, my focus has been specifically on what L&D can be doing (as that’s the folk I mostly talk to). But it occurs to me that it really goes farther. There are applications of cognitive science (including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, etc) to more areas of business than just L&D. And it’s worth being explicit about this.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2017
    [Organization] The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations
    They govern interactions among nations, organizations, communities, and individuals. Individuals, organizations, machines, and algorithms would freely transact and interact with one another with little friction.”. Last year, a panel of global experts convened by the World Economic Forum selected blockchain as one of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2016, based on its potential to fundamentally change the way economies work.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017
    [Organization] A Cognitive Audit?
    Both are cognitive functions, and the best outcomes will only be achieved when organizations are acting in accordance with how we think, work, and learn. This is about equipping your organization to kick some proverbial tail. In the recent Chief Learning Officer magazine, I wrote an article on the basics of the cognitive science of learning.
  • DAN PONTEFRACT  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017
    [Organization] Four Key Actions To Change Your Organization’s Purpose
    It is a wholesome way of being and operating for any organization. Purpose is more than a cause. As I argue in my book, The Purpose. Dan's Related Posts: Inspiring CEO Quotes About A Higher Purpose A Few Easy Steps For Entrepreneurs To Take To Enact A Higher Purpose Purpose: The Word of 2016 Download Chapter 1 of “The Purpose Effect” For Free Evolution of the Chief Learning Officer. Purpose Marc Benioff purpose Salesforce Unilever
  • JANE HART  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017
    [Organization] Empowering Employee-Led Learning (Online Workshop)
    I learned a lot from the activities and I am integrating what I learned into my work with nonprofit organizations. Public Workshop runs 30 January – 24 February 2017. includes free place on Intro to MWL workshop. 16 – 27 January 2017]. There is a lot of talk about encouraging employees to become self-directed continuous learners, but how can you put this into practice in an organisation?
  • JANE HART  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017
    [Organization] Empowering Employee-Led Learning (Online Workshop)
    I learned a lot from the activities and I am integrating what I learned into my work with nonprofit organizations. Public Workshop runs 30 January – 24 February 2017. includes free place on Intro to MWL workshop. 16 – 27 January 2017]. There is a lot of talk about encouraging employees to become self-directed continuous learners, but how can you put this into practice in an organisation?
  • NINE SHIFT  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2017
    [Organization] The Silent Revolution: Telework Keeps Growing
    3.Our organization just closed a small office and she has started to work from home. Telework, the first of our NineShift predictions, still growing. As someone who works from home and is a CEO with a staff, nevertheless I have no idea what the statistics below mean. Here's what I do know: 1.More people are spending more work time working from home. 2.Productivity is higher, health costs lower, family life better for teleworkers.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2017
    [Organization] the learning loop
    As I say in ‘The Open Organization’, networked structures more easily facilitate what US Air Force Colonel John Boyd calls the ‘OODA loop’ [Observe, Orient, Decide, Act]; they allow for quicker reactions to immediate, pressing situations. John Boyd’s OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) was developed as a framework to help pilots make better decisions in battle. Since it’s inception in the 1970’s it has been adapted for other areas of operations, including business.
  • BETH KANTER  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2017
    [Organization] What Does Resiliency Really Mean for Nonprofit Leaders and Their Organizations?
    In an influential article on the topic in the Harvard Business Review in 2002, “ How Resilience Works,” the author Diana Coutu breaks down the characteristics of resilient people and organizations: “[They] possess three characteristics — a staunch acceptance of reality; a deep belief, often buttressed by strongly held values, that life is meaningful; and an uncanny ability to improvise. These three characteristics hold true for resilient organizations as well.…Resilient
  • JOHN HAGEL  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2017
    [Organization] Business Practice Redesign
    Increasingly, these small workgroups also include one or more participants from other institutions as we seek to tap into the practices that others outside our organization can bring to bear on a particular challenge or opportunity. The question also focuses on front-line workgroups rather than the workgroups that operate at many levels of an organization. In the world of scalable efficiency, processes rule.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2017
    [Organization] Securing the Foundations of our Digital Economy
    Some threats against organizations today are from teams composed of highly skilled attackers that can spend months, if not years, planning and carrying out an intrusion.”. The success of the digital economy ultimately relies on individuals and organizations trusting computing technology and trusting the organizations that provide products and services and that collect and retain data.”.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2017
    [Organization] innovation in perpetual beta
    My observation over the past decade is that most organizations focus primarily on incremental innovation and do not allow time and resources to be expended on social networking activities that are officially perceived to be frivolous. The perpetual beta working model tries to show how work and learning are related as we negotiate various types of networks to get new ideas, test them out, and innovate how we work.
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2016
    [Organization] Blog Post: Freedom of speech is more than just a value
    of the Ontario Human Rights Code would make it possible for "employers and organizations to be subject to punishment under the code if any employee or associate says anything that can be construed as 'directly or indirectly' offensive.". Because it isn't just that people can organize themselves and their societies by thinking. By David Gurteen You may be familiar with the controversy going on in Canada over the views of Prof. Jordan B. Peterson at the University of Toronto.
  • DAVID GURTEEN  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2016
    [Organization] Blog Post: Have you tried out Randomised Coffee Trials yet?
    RCTs are used to connect people in an organization at random and give them time to meet to have a coffee and talk about whatever they wish. Hundreds of organizations across public, private and voluntary sectors have introduced RCTs in the last few years, including recently the British NHS. By David Gurteen I have recently added a post to my blook on Randomised Coffee Trials. It is an updated version of one that I have on my website.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2016
    [Organization] 2016 Reflections
    I’ve done a lot of reading this year (most recently The Fifth Discipline , which puts lots of what I’ve learned about organizations into a context). It amazes me that with robust science at the organizational level as well as the learning science level, we still see so much action in organizations (and society) contrary to what’s demonstrably known.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2016
    [Organization] Cultural Alignment
    I was thinking about the ways in which organizations can support performance. I was thinking about the specific case of acting in ways that are consonant with the values of the organization. And that’s acting in alignment with the culture of the organization. The point I want to make is that by having an explicit culture in the organization, you might not have to provide performance support.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2016
    [Organization] the secret of freedom
    This is good advice for all of us, in any organization, or as citizens in aspiring democracies [they are all just aspiring]. “Le secret de la liberté est d’éclairer les hommes, comme celui de la tyrannie et de les retenir dans l’ignorance.” Maximilien Robespierre (1758 – 1794). Translation: “The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.”.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2016
    [Organization] The 2016 MIT Inclusive Innovation Awards
    In addition, four additional $25,000 Judges Choice Awards were given to organizations deemed by the judges to be uniquely inventive. Iora Health (New Models Category): A health care organization that uses community health coaches to serve 45,000 patients in 29 locations across 11 cities, and gets paid not per sick visit, but for keeping people healthy. Several months ago, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy launched its first annual Inclusive Innovation Competition (IIC).
  • DAVID WEINBERGER  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2016
    [Organization] Pushing back against Trump: The techie meetup
    “…hear from people from outside of our community who know how to organize” He characterizes the recent meeting of Silicon Valley CEOs with Trump as a knuckling under by the participants. Maciej says we are here tonight also to hear from people from outside of our community who know how to organize and have an effect. Maciej: How do we build tools that let people organize without being weapons that can be used against them?
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2016
    [Organization] Employee Experience
    One of the recent trends has been about ‘customer experience’, focusing the organization on a consistent and coherent customer experience from first exposure through to ongoing product or service use. I’ve participated in the efforts of an organization to achieve it, and can see the real benefits. And optimizing those has benefits that cross the organization.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016
    [Organization] Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities
    Organizations that can harness these capabilities effectively will be able to create significant value and differentiate themselves, while others will find themselves increasingly at a disadvantage.”. A few weeks ago, McKinsey published The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world , a comprehensive report on the state of big data, and in particular, on the challenges and opportunities a company faces as it strives to become a data-driven business.
  • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2016
    [Organization] Wiley's Misguided Advocacy
    The list of organizations hasn't grown over the years, and the number people from this list remains stable. > David Wiley once again launches into advocacy for the CC-by license. We;ve been through this many times, so I'll keep it relatively brief. His text is italicized. > > There is a growing consensus among those who work in open education that the Creative Commons Attribution (BY) License is our preferred license. No there isn't.
  • ADAPTIVE PATH  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2016
    [Organization] Capital One’s AdaptivePath.org Year In Review
    In September, we organized our first BarnRaise in partnership with Illinois Institute of Design. Using service design practices such as empathy exercises, bodystorming and business origami, the two organizations produced color coded iconography and visual markers to improve wayfinding and the general welcome experience at GLIDE. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall.
  • JOHN HAGEL  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016
    [Organization] United We Stand, Divided We Fall
    As I’ve written elsewhere , successful movements are built on a compelling opportunity-based narrative and mobilize people with a distinctive form of organization. It’s also very consistent with how successful movements organize. Rather than adopting hierarchical command and control structures, successful movements are all organized around small, local action groups , typically 10 – 15 people, who work together to achieve impact in very different contexts.
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